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Week of August 9, 2021

Visit local public gardens to get ideas for landscaping with new or underused plants.Visit local public gardens to get ideas for landscaping with new or underused plants. Visit our Favorite Gardens in Massachusetts page for a list of our favorite gardens in Massachusetts!

Have you harvested any hot peppers this year? Use caution and rubber gloves when cutting them!

Pick ugly tomatoes early (half color) and ripen inside to avoid cracks and spots that rot.

To dry flowers for indoor arrangements, cut before they reach full bloom.

Do not handle hairy, white and black hickory tussock moth caterpillars. Their barbed hairs are used for defense which easily detach and can become embedded in the skin, eyes, or mucous membranes. Exposure to these hairs generally results in a localized rash and associated itching but can also cause a more severe allergic reaction.

Overwatering melons as the near maturity may reduce sweetness.

The best way to camouflage a concrete walkway or garden path is to create a mixed border of perennials along either side. Make the bed on either side of the walkway as wide as the walkway itself. Make it even larger if the space is available. Wide beds make the walkway appear lest prominent and allow plenty of room for a wonderful mixture of plants.

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